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Suzanne Moon

Associate Professor and Editor-in-Chief, Technology and Culture

Photographic portrait of Suzanne Moon
  • B.S. Auburn University, Department of Computer Engineering, 1984
  • M.S. Duke University, Department of Electrical Engineering, 1986
  • M.A. Cornell University, Department of Science and Technology Studies, 1996
  • Ph.D. Cornell University Department of Science and Technology Studies, 2000

My research centers on the history, culture, and politics of technology in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. I aim to contribute to the expansion of the geographic reach of the history of technology beyond Europe and North America. I am particularly interested in the history of international development as it intersects with the history of technology. My recent work explores the history of industrialization in late twentieth century Indonesia, exploring the ways that intersecting global and local practices and narratives of technology, justice, and equity shaped the profound transformation of Indonesian society from 1950 to the present. Recent articles have explored technology and identity formation in Indonesia in the 1960s and 1970s, and the circulation of technical experts under the auspices of the United Nations during the early years of post-war international development work.

As Editor-in-Chief of Technology and Culture, the journal for the Society for the History of Technology, it is my responsibility to uphold its 52-year tradition of excellence in the publication of groundbreaking scholarship on the history of technology. As editor my priorities are to continue to expand the intellectual breadth of the journal, including the global scope of its subject matter, and to seek timely scholarship that uses history to shed light on both contemporary issues and long-standing questions about the role of technology in human existence.

Contact me

Suzanne Moon
Department of the History of Science
The University of Oklahoma
601 Elm, Room 625
Norman, OK 73019

Office Tel: 1-405-325-2213
Office Fax: 1-405-325-2363


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Recent Publications

“Engineering and the Postcolonial: Considering Ethics and Actions in Historical Perspective”, for Philosophy of Engineering, East and West:  Philosophical and Historical Perspectives. Carl Mitcham and Byron Newberry (eds.) Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science, Dordrecht: Springer, 2018.

“Building from the Outside In: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Civil Society in New Order Indonesia”, in Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-hyun Kim, Dreamscapes of Modernity (Chicago, 2015).

co-authored w/Donna Mehos, “The Uses of Portability: Circulating Experts in the Technopolitics of Cold War and Decolonization.” Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War Gabrielle Hecht (ed.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.

“Place, Voice, Interdisciplinarity: Understanding Technology in the Colony and the Post-colony,” History and Technology 26, no. 3 (September 2010).

“Justice, Geography, and Steel: Technology and National Identity in Indonesian Industrialization,” OSIRIS 2009.

Technology and Ethical Idealism: A History of Development in the Netherlands East Indies, Leiden: CNWS. (2007)